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Here's your problem and what a lot of fanboys of riders (particularly Rossi fanboys) have: Living in the past. Everyone knows Spies won at Assen last year, everyone and their dog knows Rossi was a nine times world champion, yet they're struggling NOW, in the present. This is the problem fanboys have, they equate success to talent when it comes to their favorite riders. The difference between Spies and Rossi in terms of success in MotoGP is of course as big as it gets, 105 wins and 9 championships to 1 win and 0 championships. Even if you ignore that, Rossi is clearly far more talented than Spies from being able to win consistently on the Yamaha alone.
You're wrong about Spies being the only rider to win on an 800cc outside of the aliens, you forget Vermeulen, Capirossi and Dovizioso. Of course, all four of them could only win in unusual conditions, this is clear as they only won a single race each.
He, you mean Ben Spies right? Not knowing tracks didn't stop him from winnin